Is Super Smash Bros Being Featured in Tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct?

As I mentioned yesterday, a new Nintendo Direct is being aired tomorrow at 11pm. This Nintendo Direct will cover various Nintendo 3DS and Switch titles from the next few months, with a large focus on Super Mario Odyssey and its new features.

But it seems Super Mario Odyssey might not be the only interesting game featured there.

Oh no, Super Smash Bros may be featured in the Direct too! That’s because Nintendo’s stream for the Direct on YouTube is tagged with ‘Super Smash Bros for 3DS and Wii U’. And this doesn’t make sense nowadays.

Super Smash Bros Tag

Why? Well, think about it. When was the last time Super Smash Bros for 3DS/Wii U got an update?

It was back in February 2016. Since then, no word has been given about a Smash Bros game for Switch, or any more content changes ever since.

So, there’s no immediate reason said game would be tagged in the Direct. Unless…
Nintendo has a major announcement related to it right now. Like say, one about how Smash Bros could be coming to the Nintendo Switch in the near future. Maybe like that rumoured ‘Super Smash Bros DX’ game going around?

That would make sense given the importance of Smash on a new system, and it’d give Nintendo an important enough announcement to warrant a 45-minute Nintendo Direct.

But what about other possibilities? Could there be another explanation for the tag?

Well, no. Firstly, it can’t be an error with the video or an auto generated suggestion. That’s because the folks at Source Gaming actually tested how the system works. Here’s their findings about it:

In summary, the game is only displayed there when manually set by the video poster. This means someone at Nintendo had to have explicitly decided to tag the video as being about Super Smash Bros.

And given the game’s lack of relevant now, it probably couldn’t be an announcement about the existing versions of the game either. I mean, why would Nintendo update those? The Wii U is as dead as a doornail and the 3DS version has mostly been forgotten due to the Wii U one.

There’s no business sense in discussing them any further. So that possibility can be ruled out too.

It could also potentially relate to the World Champions. Because these Smash Bros for Wii U as part of the finals. This opens up the possibility that Nintendo is merely talking about the finals or showing footage of them in the Nintendo Direct.

However, that also doesn’t really make much sense when you think about it either. Why waste time in a Direct showing off eSports style footage? Directs are meant to be for trailers and announcements, not just random clips of whatever things Nintendo is sponsoring at the moment. It’d be a disappointment, and take away time for game trailers and announcements.

So, I think that can be ruled out as well.

Which in turn just leaves one last possibility. That this announcement is something to do with amiibo.

Problem is, there’s not really much logic behind that either. Again, what’s left in Smash on the amiibo front?
Not Bayonetta or Corrin. Those were released a while back.

And there are no other characters yet to get an amiibo in game. This means the only possible amiibo left are ones released for games after Super Smash Bros. Like say, the Mario or Zelda series ones.

Mario Odyssey Amiibo

But these wouldn’t be made compatible with Smash in any form. After all, the game’s basically finished at this point. No one’s updating it, nor expecting new content for it. People wouldn’t think to use say, Zelda champion amiibos with the game, nor would any buyers of them go and get a Wii U to use them with Smash.

So, as a result of all this, a Smash port seems like the only logical conclusion here. Everything else either wouldn’t be important enough for an announcement or would be propping a long dead console for no apparent reason.

Still, what do you think? Do you feel like a Smash Bros announcement could come tomorrow? Could Super Smash Bros for 3DS/Wii U be heading to the Switch in some form in future?

Or is there another explanation for the featured game tag?

Post your thoughts in the comments or on social media today!

A Nintendo Direct IS Coming September 13th 2017!

Well, isn’t this convenient! Just one day after I posted a rumour about an upcoming Nintendo Direct, Nintendo goes out and actually confirms it for that exact date!

Yes, the September 13th Nintendo Direct is indeed real. Here’s the Twitter post confirming it by Nintendo of America:

As well as a similar one about the event courtesy of Nintendo UK:

And one from Nintendo of Japan:

That already confirms it’s important there and then, since only important Directs get posted as news by all Nintendo branches at once.

But it’s the game the Direct is focused on that’s really intriguing here.

It’s about Super Mario Odyssey.

Yep, as Nintendo has confirmed in the tweets above, the Direct will contain all new information about Mario’s upcoming 3D Switch adventure. And that makes us wonder.

What exactly could be confirmed at this point?

It’s obviously not just a few clips of existing kingdoms or new outfits, since those wouldn’t count as major. Nor would some random details about Power Moons or bosses.

What would count however are:

New kingdom announcements, like one dedicated to the Snow and Lake Kingdoms. This would suit Nintendo very well, since they’re known to formally announce details about games after having them leaked online.

Another possibility would be some news about Peach’s crown or Bowser’s top hat. At least one of these hats is already known to be a Cappy like ghost, with the other basically been confirmed as a very similar one.

So that would give Nintendo something interesting to announce too. Especially if Bowser’s hat needs to be countered by Mario’s possession mechanic, or if Bowser can take over Mario’s body in the boss battle.

It could also be something about amiibo too. That’s because while these things were revealed back at E3, nothing has ever been said about what they do in game. Do they unlock new costumes? Open all new modes? Let Mario play as other characters?

It’s never been said so far, and provides quite a few possible topics for a Nintendo Direct as well.

And then it could always be a brand-new feature, kind of like Cappy was in the E3 presentation. After all, we didn’t know possession even existed in the Switch showcase presentation. We were just given shots of Mario running around New Donk City and Tostarena.

So perhaps Nintendo has something equally major up their sleeve here as well. It would certainly explain why ‘so much’ information has seemingly been given out about the game. Or perhaps stop people complaining about a lack of content.

Either way, something big will be revealed for Super Mario Odyssey.

But it won’t be all the Direct has going for it. Oh no, while Super Mario Odyssey is a big focus, it’s certainly not the only one.

Nope, as Nintendo says, the presentation is focused on what’s heading to the Switch and 3DS in the coming months.

Which is quite a lot when you think about it. Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga remake, Metroid Samus Returns, Pokémon Ultra Sun/Moon… those are just three of a few dozen games heading our way before the end of the year.

All of which are likely getting trailers or reveals in the Direct. After all, it’s certainly long enough (with a 45-minute runtime for the video). It’s very exciting stuff all round.

So yeah, if you’re a Nintendo fan, check it out. It’ll be airing this Wednesday at 11pm BST, with a liveblog from us likely to follow.

See you there!

Could a Nintendo Direct Be Coming September 13th?

Well, it’s rumour time again everyone! This time, we’ve got an interesting Nintendo Direct rumour courtesy of NeoGAF. This one says that a Nintendo Direct could be coming on September 13th 2017, with the leaker (who previously leaked LA Noire on Switch) saying he’d heard rumblings of a Direct down the line.

Here’s the post from the site if you haven’t seen it yourself.

But is it plausible? Could a Nintendo Direct really be coming next week?

Honestly, I think it could be. For instance, look at the dates for the last few (non-event based) Nintendo Directs.

They’re pretty regular, with certain months having three in a short period of time. What’s more, even if you ignore E3/Gamescom time, that still leaves a generally monthly schedule for the presentations, with the previous one being posted in late August.

So, the timing’s right there. Nintendo releasing their first September one on the 10th would be pretty logical for them.

And there’d certainly be no shortage of possible topics either. After all, look at all these games coming out that we don’t know much about:

  • Kirby (for 3DS)
  • Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon
  • Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions
  • Fire Emblem Warriors
  • Metroid Prime 4
  • That mystery Switch Pokémon game

Plus, many, many more. Add that to various games we don’t know exist yet (and trust me, these are always revealed in a Nintendo Direct like this), games we need more info about (Super Mario Odyssey for example) and DLC updates for games (Breath of the Wild’s second pack) and there are tons of possibilities here. You could easily support ten Nintendo Directs with the known games alone.

And when you consider that the rumour poster turned out to be right about LA Noire on Switch already… well, you’ve got a very viable rumour right here.

So, a Nintendo Direct could be coming soon, and the evidence certainly supports the possibility.

But we’ll mark it as a rumour for now none the less. People have been wrong in the past on matters like this, and even trusted sources have been found to be inaccurate in certain situations. It’s only right to be cautious.

Still, what do you think about it all? Do you believe a Nintendo Direct could be imminent?

Or will the rumour turn out to be baseless?


There Might be a Nintendo Direct on 13th September (My Nintendo News)

ARMS Adding Customisable Controls in Next Update

As you may know, ARMS for Nintendo Switch has quite a few control schemes you can choose in game.

There’s the motion controlled one shown in the trailers, where moving with the Joy-Cons aims your punches. There’s the standard version, where the buttons and analogue stick fill in for the motion controls.

And there’s a decent amount of compatibility with various controllers too. Like the Pro Controller or even just a single Joy-Con on its side.

Yet even with those options, not everyone is happy with the control scheme here. Grabbing for instance requires press the two triggers together, or using A and B at the same time. Meanwhile jumping is always mapped to X and the two types of controls can only be used independently of each other.

But it seems that’s all about to change! Why?

Because as announced on the game’s Twitter, the game’s going to be getting remappable controls with the next update! Here’s the post announcing it if you haven’t seen it already:

So, if you’re struggling with the default control schemes, there will in fact be alternatives soon. Good news really, especially given the somewhat unusual gameplay setup for ARMS or the barriers you have to overcome to truly master the odd controls and mechanics.

It means ARMS has just gotten much more accessible to a larger audience.

But what do you think about that? Are you happy that ARMS is getting customisable controls soon?

And what’s the chance that feature may get you into the game again?

Post your thoughts in the comments here or on social media today!

Peach’s Crown Has Eyes in Super Mario Odyssey Too?

As everyone knows, Mario’s hat has eyes in Super Mario Odyssey. That’s because it’s actually possessed by a ghost like character called Cappy, whose abilities are the reason Mario can take over enemies and objects by throwing his cap at them.

But it seems Mario isn’t the only one to have a strange hat here. Oh no, Peach’s crown has something quite unusual too. Can you spot it in the picture below?

Peach's Wedding Invitation

Peach's Crown has Eyes

Yep, it’s got eyes just like Mario’s hat does. In fact, it seems pretty damn clear said crown is being controlled by another Cappy style ghost, complete with the same somewhat menacing look on its face.

And that raises an interesting question. Namely… is every character working with these hat ghosts in this game?

Because when you think about it, that would make a lot of sense here. I mean, why does Bowser have such a nice hat now? Why is he throwing it around like Oddjob from the James Bond films?

The answer is simply that he and Peach have the same abilities as Mario. He’s not trying to merely hit Mario with his hat. He’s trying to take over his body and get him killed that way. And for Peach?

Well, maybe that explains why she’s so willing to go along with this whole marriage thing. I mean, she never particularly liked Bowser that much. And back in Super Paper Mario when the same plot was used, Nastasia had to brainwash her into agreeing to the marriage deal at all.

So perhaps here her crown is what’s controlling her. Or at least, stopping her from objecting to Bowser’s marriage deal even more than usual.

But hey, what do you think? Does Peach’s Cappy like crown hint at some form of possession in this game? Is Bowser’s own hat another Cappy type ghost in hat form?

What is the deal with the eyes on Peach’s crown in this game?


Super Mario Odyssey Official Website